This post is going to ramble a bit LOL. I was enjoying doing some pinning on Salted Egg Yolks, seeing if there was anything new and funky looking at it from a world wide point of view.. which lapsed me into looking at food and pantries..
Which lead me to Deep Pantry posts.. O my, why O WHY does everyone think they need to put a new label on something that has been used for hundreds of years, its called a fully stocked larder, a full stocked Root Cellar or more modern a pantry..
So I did a little more digging on this “new Term” and I finally got why the split..
a) Deep Pantry -is somehow connected to the prepping world, it means that you are stocking extra food for in times of need to come. I am honestly not sure why they felt they needed their own lingo or name for this.
b) Stocked Larder is more based on history and more about putting away in the good years to have stocks and stores in the lean years.. (ok, that’s been a goal for leaders, countries and anyone who could afford to do so for a few thousand years!)
Which brings me to Homesteaders, the permaculture movement, the community garden’s, to the massive green-growing-local food movement..
We talk about canning pantry’s, we talk about root cellars, and root clamps, we talk about food forests and swells and how to collect and clean our rain water, we teach classes, share seeds, share garden projects, we teach how to do hand on in so many ways, we build and help bring gardens to schools and more..
But what do we call a “stocked or deep pantry”.. I really needed to think about this.. we typically call it our pantry, or root cellar or to tell the truth many of us do use the terms Larder but others say just say cellar
Bottom line those of use that live on the land, work the land and who truly make a massive effort to feed ourselves year round know that we need a min of two years worth of food basic’s put up.. because at any time, on any year crops can and will fail..
Our Pantries look so different what I see on the net, no pretty rows of buckets, no shelves full of colorful cans and rows of store got paper towels and so forth on the top rows..
We are much more likely to have large jars full of dried goods, freezers full of meat-veggies and fruit- shelves full of colorful canned goods, everything from grape juice to apple sauce to all kinds of veggies and pickles, jams, jellies and rows of canned meats, soups, stews and so forth..
We are likely to have stacked milk crates and old slapped together wooden box’s for all kinds of root veggies, we will have old onion bags hanging off the roof, we will have squash tucked away in all kinds of crazy places in our house, and we will slowly eat them, and we will dry or can or freeze the leftovers when we cut into and open a big squash and after its been held for 6 to 9 months, we will see how it held, taste it and decide if its worthy to pass its genetics on to the next generations.
yes, we will still buy things from the store, but only after we have looked for local u-picks, local farm gate sales but we will work each year to do so less and less, and we will find ourselves giving things up when they finished and moving over to something else in the lauder to use up, because after all the time, effort, work we have put into it, why would we want to waste.
I am mulling over it, I have a lot of data over the years on what to grow for X amount of return and how it can be used in my more closed loop homestead system, I am not going to even consider adding in a “stock” the lauder weekly recommends but I think I will consider adding comments to the planned monthly garden round up posts, as well as the canning log post.. and we will see what the monthly results round up to in order to give us info in regards to the full year.
Are you old school, do you split the different things into what they are in fact called, do you use a general name to cover them all, do you use a older more history term for it, or do you just call it the pantry or the cellar or do you use the more modern terms.. Deep Pantry?